The public preview of hosted Virtual Machines in Windows Azure is now
available to the general public. This platform preview enables you to
evaluate our new IaaS and Enterprise Networking capabilities. Once you have
registered for the 90 Day Free Trial and created a new account, you can
access the preview directly at this link:
If you’ve been to any of my presentations lately, you’ll know that I’m
fired up about these new offerings. As I’ve worked through some scenarios
for myself and with my customers, I’ve been collecting the resources that
helped me to ramp up.
Here’s a collection of links to the items I’ve found most useful:
Core Resources Digital Chalk Talk Videos – detailed technical overviews of
the new Windows Azure services and supporting technologies as announced June
7, including Virtual Machines (IaaS Win... (more)
Are you looking for a little extra cash for the upcoming holidays? Then you
might be interested in creating some cool apps to sell in the Windows Store.
Or maybe you’re simply curious and want to try your hand at developing for
Windows 8 and Windows Phone. In either case, the newly released TouchDevelop
Web App is for you.
TouchDevelop Web App is a development environment to create apps on your
tablet or smartphone, without requiring a separate PC. Scripts written by
using TouchDevelop can access data, media, and sensors on the phone, tablet,
and PC. The script can interact with... (more)
A while back, mashups were all the rage. The idea was to compose solutions
that provided aggregation and integration across applications and services to
make information more available, useful, and personal. Mashups ushered in the
era of Web 2.0 in all it’s socially connected goodness. They taught us that
to be successful, we needed to add web service APIs to our web applications.
Web and client based mashups met with great success and have evolved even
further with the introduction of the internet connected smartphone. Nothing
is more available, useful, or personal than our smart... (more)
One of the most attractive ways to use a cloud platform is for parallel
processing. Commonly known as high-performance computing (HPC), this approach
relies on executing code on many machines at the same time. On Windows Azure,
this means running many role instances simultaneously, all working in
parallel to solve some problem. Doing this requires some way to schedule
applications, which means distributing their work across these instances. To
allow this, Windows Azure provides the HPC Scheduler.
This service can work with HPC applications built to use the
industry-standard Mess... (more)
I’ve spent quite a bit of time discussing cloud computing with our
customers lately and the common theme among them all has been “lean”.
Windows Azure can provide some tremendous benefits to nearly every
organization we speak with: operating cost reduction, faster time to market,
scale on demand. It literally can’t get any leaner that this.
The challenge I’m running into is that it’s hard for architects and
developers to get a big picture of the Azure platform and how all the
features can be used together to build solutions. Microsoft is shipping new
services on a quarterly basi... (more)